Definition of suiseki in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsuːɪˈsɛki/


(also sui-seki)
  • The Japanese art of displaying an aesthetically pleasing stone on a stand or tray; a stone displayed in this way.

    Suiseki are typically chosen for their resemblance to an object, animal, or feature of the landscape.


1920s; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From Japanese suiseki from sui- water (from Middle Chinese; compare Chinese shuǐ) + -seki stone, stones collectively (from Middle Chinese; compare Chinese shí).